- By supernovamommy
- 4 June, 2012
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1) How did you get started in children’s music?
2) Describe your style of music.
The simplest way to describe it is to call it Americana, which is an umbrella term for music that’s got its roots firmly in folk, country, blues, and bluegrass. Peter and I incorporate all of that into our style. We’re both acoustic guitar-playing singer-songwriters who throw a lot of things into the mix, but there are always lots of harmonies and lots of stories. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry… the whole deal.
3) Where do you find inspiration for your lyrics and songs?
I find it all around me, watching people out in the world, trying to imagine the story that their living in their lives. And of course my own life and the things I’ve gone through, but I tend to hide my tales in metaphor and indirectness. Peter on the other hand writes lots of songs that are frankly autobiographical. He’s maybe braver than I am.
4) What are some of your favorite tracks on the CD and why?
Definitely the lead off track, “I Love,” which is sung by the incredible singer Patty Griffin. Also “Sneaky Snake,” which Buddy Miller sings, but also features an incredible guitar solo by Duane Eddy, the man who practically invented twangy instrumental guitar music in the ’50s. it was mind blowing to work with him. I mean, he’s a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame!!! I’m also partial to the song I sing with my band Last Train Home, “The Mysterious Fox of Fox Hollow,” it’s a spooky sounding song that’s telling kids not to be spooked by nature.
5) Do you have any future productions in the works?
I am working on the finishing touches of something called “Hangtown Dancehall” which I’m calling a folk opera about the California Gold Rush. lt’s twenty songs that I’m writing with my friend Karl Straub (a great D.C. area musician), and together they tell the story of a young couple from Missouri that heads west to find their fortune back in 1850. That should be out early next year. Peter is working on a new solo CD of his own songs, and I’m hoping to get Last Train Home in the studio again this year as well.
See Eric Brace and Peter Cooper perform songs from this Grammy Nominated album at Wolf-Trap Children’s Theatre in the Woods on June 29th and 30th at 10:30 AM. Tickets are available for sale here. Come join the fun for a show your whole family will love!
Win a copy of the CD on my giveaway page.